Cats and Cougars in Annual Scratch Festival
Arizona Football Schedule/Results
Date Opponent (*-Pac-10) Time/Score Sept. 2 at Utah (ESPN2) 17-3 41,352 Sept. 9 No. 16 Ohio State (FSN) 17-27 57,367 Sept. 16 San Diego St. (KWBA) 17-3 44,973 Sept. 30 *at Stanford (KW/FSNA) 27-3 31,165 Oct. 7 *at No. 18 USC (ABC) 31-15 49,342 Oct. 14$ *Washington State 7:15 p.m. MST Oct. 21 *at Oregon (FSN) 7:15 p.m. PDT Oct. 28 *UCLA (ABC) 4 p.m. MST Nov. 4 *at Washington 12:30 p.m. PST Nov. 11% *Oregon St. (FSN) 8:15 p.m. MST Nov. 24 *Arizona St. (FSN) 2 p.m. MST
(*Pac-10; $Family Weekend; %Homecoming)
Game Tickets: Single-game tickets range from $7 to $41 depending on location and purchase plan. McKale Center Ticket Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Game-day tickets are sold at the Stadium's southeast side from 10 a.m. until halftime. Call 621-CATS or 1-800-452-CATS.
Arizona Football On TV A number of games have been selected for television under the Pac-10's ABC/Fox Sports Net contracts. The WSU game is a Fox Sports Net Arizona production to be shown tape delay at 10:30 p.m. on KWBA in Tucson and KUSK in central and northern Arizona. TV for the UW game is TBA, but the rest of the schedule has been set for either ABC or Fox Sports Net.
Arizona Football On Radio: KNST Radio (790 AM) is the flagship station for the Wildcat sports network. Brian Jeffries and Les Josephson call the play. Affiliates include KOY/1230-Phoenix, KDAP-Douglas, KVNA-Flagstaff, KJAA-Globe, KWRQ-Safford, KTAN-Sierra Vista/Bisbee, KINO-Winslow, KNOT-Prescott/Chino Valley, KVWM-Showlow, KBLU-Yuma, KTOX-Needles, Calif., and KRLV in Las Vegas, Nev. Airtime: 40 minutes prior. TEAMLINE (1-800-846-4700) carries KNST's broadcast via telephone. Yahoobroadcast netcasts KNST's signal via the Internet, clickable at arizcats.com
Dick Tomey Shows: Dick Tomey's weekly radio show, with host Brian Jeffries, airs Tuesdays at 7:05 p.m. on KNST Radio. Tomey's weekly television show, with Brian Jeffries, is shown Wednesdays on KTTU-TV-18 at 9:30 p.m.
Coach Dick Tomey Weekly Media Events: Head coach Dick Tomey meets weekly with media in McKale 106 to preview games (Tuesdays at 1 p.m.) and in his office to review games Sundays at 1 p.m. Tomey is available in his office at mid days (520-621-4917) and also briefly after most practices. Tomey meets Wednesdays with any interested parties at 12 noon in the McKale Room of McKale Center for a Brown Bag Lunch.
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The Game: The No. 22-ranked Arizona Wildcats (4-1, 2-0 in the Pacific-10 Conference) play host to the Washington State Cougars (3-2, 1-1) in a Pac-10 match-up Saturday, Oct. 14. Kickoff in 56,002-seat Arizona Stadium is set for 7:07 p.m. The game will be produced for television by Fox Sports Net Arizona and shown tape delay at 10:30 p.m. on KWBA-TV in Tucson and KUSK in other parts of the state. Fox Sports Northwest will show the game in its regional market. Dave Sitton, Chuck Cecil and Dana Cooper will describe the play for FSNA. A crowd of 50,000 is expected. It's the 68th annual Family Weekend on the UA campus.
Some Game Themes: Historically the two teams play close, hard-fought games. Nine of the past eleven have been decided by 10 points or less, and five of those by three points or lessArizona defends its home turf after taking two conference victories on the road in successive weeks After some anonymity, the Cats face the challenge of playing as a ranked team A victory would keep Arizona tied (at least) for the league lead, a victory would keep Washington State in third place (at least) A game featuring coaches who have been around the block in the Pac-10, league elders Dick Tomey (14th year) and Mike Price (12th)
The Series: Arizona leads the series 19-9 and won the last outing, a 30-24 victory in Pullman last season. The Cats won the last game in Tucson, with a 41-7 victory in 1998. UA has won six of the last seven games. WSU's last victory came in its 1997 Rose Bowl year when the Cougs clipped the Cats, 35-34, in overtime at Pullman. The series dates to 1963 when WSU beat Arizona 7-2 in Spokane.
The Coaches: Arizona--Dick Tomey (DePauw '64) is in his 14th year at Arizona (94-59-4) and 24th overall (157-105-7). He is the coaching victories leader at two schools -- Arizona and Hawaii. He is 9-4 against WSU, all while at Arizona. Washington State--Mike Price (Puget Sound '69), 12th year at WSU (62-68) and 20th year overall (108-112). Price is 3-8 against Arizona. .
Last Week: at USC Wildcats 31, Trojans 15
Arizona continued to learn that big plays aren't always 80-yard scores, and all the little things combined can do things like post a 31-15 Pac-10 road victory over No. 18 ranked Southern California. The Cats did score on a home run to ignite the engines - a 75-yard pass from Ortege Jenkins to Bobby Wade on the third play of the game. And a short while later a double-reverse wide receiver pass from Malosi Leonard to Brandon Marshall (26 yards) set up another score. And a bit later, still in the first quarter, freshman tailback Clarence Farmer opened a drive with an 80-yard TD run. In between those big plays, and afterward, Arizona's defense shut down USC's running game (10 net yards) and forced predictability which ultimately led to three interceptions on the day, two by redshirt freshman corner Michael Jolivette. Physical play also caused two USC fumbles the Cats recovered. UA's three kickers - Chris Palic (P), Sean Keel (PK) and Chris Gray (KO) put the ball in the right places all day. Ten backup defensive players contributed 20 tackles, two fumble recoveries and three sacks, to underscore the Cats' depth on defense. The Cats continued to be stingy with points, so far as to be offended following two USC touchdowns - Antonio Pierce blocked the PAT kick after the first USC score and specialist Peter Hansen had his seventh career blocked kicked on the final Trojan PAT attempt. Farmer toted the ball a career-high 22 times for a career-high 134 yards, his second consecutive 3-digit game. Jenkins had a modest throwing day (6-12, 110), but had two rushing touchdowns and helped UA put the W into the books with the quick start and a solid execution of a clock-management offense in the second half. Jolivette earned Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts. Noting Wazzu The Cougars bring a three-game road victory streak and have a Pac-10 road victory to their credit this year, topping California two weeks agoWide receiver Milton Wynn is among national leaders (11th) in receiving yards per game (98.2), one reason the WSU offense appears to be on track. Another is that QB Jason Gesser is 10th nationally in pass efficiency with a 147.5 mark. Gesser's thrown nine touchdown passes WSU has the Pac-10's longest league-games scoring streak at 191 games When the Cougs talk about brotherly love, they aren't kidding. There are seven sets of brothers on the squad Senior defensive back Lamont Thompson, the WSU career leader with 14 interceptions, has not played this year because of a neck problem and is expected to redshirt The few, the proud, the chosen; if Mike Price and Dick Tomey are looking for a few good men, they can watch WSU running back Dave Minnich get tackled by UA linebacker Adrian Koch. Both are U.S. Marine Corps vets
Overall record: 157-105-7 (.593) Pac-10 record: 59-44-4 UA record: 94-59-4 (.603) UA home record: 60-24-2 UA road record: 34-34-2 Winningest Pac-10 Coaches By Conference Victories: 1. Terry Donahue, UCLA (1976-95) 98-51-5 2. Don James, Washington (1975-92) 97-38-2 3. John McKay, USC (1960-75 70-17-3 4. Howard Jones, USC (1925-40) 65-23-12 5. O.E. Hollingberry, WSU (1926-42) 64-43-10 6. John Robinson, USC (1976-82, 93-97) 63-23-3 7. Larry Smith, Arizona (1980-86; USC 87-92) 63-34-4 8. Dick Tomey, Arizona (1987-) 59-44-4 Arizona and the Pac-10 in the 1990s Team W L T Pct. Bowl Record Washington 82 35 1 .699 3-5 Arizona 71 46 1 .606 3-3 UCLA 70 45 0 .608 2-3 Oregon 70 48 0 .593 2-5 USC 68 49 3 .579 3-3 ASU 61 51 0 .545 1-2 Stanford 60 54 2 .526 2-3 California 55 59 1 .483 3-1 WSU 52 61 0 .460 2-1 OSU 29 81 1 .266 0-1
Injury Report: Starting center Bruce Wiggins (ankle) and starting LT Makoa Freitas (foot) missed the Stanford/USC games and are questionable for WSU. Backup DE Austin Uku (shoulder) played at USC but is doubtful for WSU. Starting left guard Steven Grace, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection in 1999, missed the Utah/SDSU/Stanford games with a shoulder injury (aggravated vs. Ohio State) and had surgery Oct. 3. He is out for the year. Missed starts because of injury: 12 - LG Grace (3), WR Brennan (3), C Bruce Wiggins (2), OT Makoa Freitas (2), WR Wade (1), OT McFadden (1).
A Guy Named Joe
Senior defensive end Joe Tafoya has two scoring plays - jarring hits on sacks which caused fumbles that Arizona recovered for scoop-and-score returns of 10 yards (Adrian Koch at Utah) and 32 yards (Idris Haroon at Stanford). That's a nice bit of work for a guy who returned to his natural position this year after spending some time as an interior tackle in 1999. In four games he has 18 tackles (2 for loss), two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two passes batted away. In the opener he had two sacks and two tackles for loss among eight hits, knocked down a fourth-down pass on 4th-and-goal at the 2 yard-line, and one sack caused a fumble which UA returned for a score. The Utah work earned him Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors for Sept. 5. Tafoya was the Cats' sacks leader in 1999 with 10 and the co-leader with 14 tackles for loss in a second-team All-Pac-10 effort.
Haroon the Harpoon
Senior defensive end Idris Haroon has some sharp plays this year. Against USC, he helped hold the Trojans to 15 points and 10 yards rushing with four tackles, including one sack that caused a fumble he recovered on the USC 19 yard-line to set up Arizona's final touchdown. He was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week after his efforts helped UA beat Stanford. He returned a fumble 32 yards for a score and had a sack and two other tackles as UA limited the Cardinal to three points and 68 yards rushing.
All Bruced Up
Senior center Bruce Wiggins missed action at Stanford and USC, but has been a mainstay as the starter for two-plus seasons. He had started 28 consecutive starts before the miss, and played in seven games as a reserve center and tackle in 1997. Arizona's offensive production during his tenure has been superlative and he consistently has graded well in the trenches. UA used a new offensive line at Stanford and at USC, with three replaced starters. True freshman center Reggie Sampay started for Wiggins, backup Darren Safranek started for injured left tackle Makoa Freitas, right tackle Marques McFadden started at left guard for ill Aaron Higginbotham who had started two games for injured Steven Grace, and Makai Freitas started for McFadden at right tackle. Right guard Kevin Barry did his normal thing. The work of Safranek, Sampay and Makai Freitas in two games has been one of those nice college football stories. "If you had told me before that season that we'd be without Grace, Wiggins and Makoa for more than a few minutes, I would have thought it was going to be really difficult." coach Dick Tomey says. Actually, it has been difficult, but line coach Charlie Dickey and QB Ortege Jenkins get credit from Tomey for helping the new guys play well. The new line allowed five sacks in two games - four at USC, none at Stanford.
Sophomore Sean Keel has given Arizona a place kicking weapon it needs - consistency. He's hitting at .833 accuracy, among the top 15 nationally, on five for six. He knocked a 29-yarder home at USC. He stepped up and booted field goals of 33 and 35 yards at Stanford. He added a 41-yard make against SDSU (and missed a 36-yard effort). He booted a 44-yard field goal on his first try of the year at Utah. After UA's was 6-19 season in that regard in 1999, Keel's working on a 10-14 career mark. The Utah kick was the longest of his career.
Sophomore kicker Chris Gray is one of the Cats' unknown players. He kicks off, and then the other dudes take over. But he's been doing a fine job of it, with a variety in his arsenal - corner shots inside the 5 yard-line, hangers at the goal line, or the deep touch-back blast. Opponents have a modest 21.6 yards per return on 14 tries. Ten of his kickoffs have not been returned.
Peter Hansen did it again last week - and Antonio Pierce did it for the first time. They each blocked an extra-point kick at USC. Pierce's spoiled USC's bid for any halftime momentum, as the deflation left USC down 21-6. Hansen's came with scant minutes left in the game and emphasized UA's 60-minute effort. The blocks gave Arizona four this year. Strong safety Brandon Nash got his second career blocked punt against San Diego State, a play that culminated in Andrae Thurman's 34-yard return for a score. Hansen has seven career blocks. He notched his sixth place-kick block against Utah on the Utes' final field goal try. He poses a 13-foot barrier: Hansen is 6-foot-8, was a letterman on Arizona's basketball team last year, and has an outstanding vertical leap and reach. Last year Hansen had three of the six kicks Arizona blocked. The Cats had 14 in 1998-99 and appear to be in tune for 2000. Another on the squad who has blocked a kick is DE Joe Tafoya. Arizona had 37 blocks in the last decade and puts strong emphasis on the effort.
Wide receiver Brad Brennan had played one snap this year because of hamstring/back problems. He's nearing full strength and saw action at Stanford and USC. On his first play (and the first play of a series), he took a post-corner route and Ortege Jenkins hit him at the 10 yard-line, Brennan made a move and scored from 36 yards at Stanford. He caught one pass at USC. But his return should help the Cats' versatility in the receiving corps. The 36-yard effort is characteristic of Brennan's style. He's been the team leader in yards per catch the past two years.
Squeezing the Most Out of It
UA senior quarterback Ortege Jenkins is 4-1 in his first real year as the sole proprietor of the position, and it's been somewhat of a learning experience for the veteran fifth-year player. A record of 3-0 on the road underscores his best feature so far: do what it takes and take what you get. He has completed 48 of his last 80 passes (60 percent) after a 3-for-21 start, and has led UA to three consecutive victories, two of those with a patched-up offensive line in front of him. In the past few years, it used to be if a Wildcat QB got whacked or had trouble, he was out of the game watching the other guy (Keith Smith or O.J.) give it a go. Not so in 2000. Jenkins has the reins. Against SDSU he completed 19 passes for 200 yards and a TD - the third-most completions in his career. He is one of 23 senior QB candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Jenkins was a 1997 Pac-10 freshman record holder (19 TD throws), a 1998 big-play icon (somersault TD at Washington) and a 1999 thrower with 61 percent accuracy and a 144.72 efficiency rating. Jenkins' 4,400 career total offense yardage is No. 6, as is his 4,123 career passing yards. He's 12-6 as a starter.
Senior outside linebacker Adrian Koch is making his final year a fun whirl in college football. At Stanford he had a sack to set up a short field for UA's first touchdown and recovered a fumble. He has three tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries on the year. On Aug. 16, with minutes left in UA's training camp at Cochise College, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee. It appeared that the football career of the U.S. Marine veteran was over. Seventeen days later he was a game captain at Utah, made his first career start, notched four tackles and punctuated the game with a fumble recovery and 10-yard scoring return on the fourth play of the second half to put UA in the lead at 7-3. The ligament tear turned out to be relatively minor damage to an old injury, and Koch's able to play in a brace. Now he's fighting off Joe Siofele for the starting role, and the competition gives UA a veteran and newcomer at a key spot on defense.
Arizona ranks 2nd nationally in rushing defense and much of that comes from improved depth up front. UA held USC to 10 net rushing yards. The Cats held Stanford to 68 net yards. The Cats have shown physical stopping power and a tendency to swarm the ball. Both USC and Stanford had 1st-and-goal opportunities and had to settle for field goals in recent weeks. The team leaders in tackles for loss are guys up front - DE Joe Tafoya (7) and DT Anthony Thomas (6). The Cats had 19 tackles from its defensive linemen against San Diego State and helped lead another goal-line stand, turning SDSU away from a 1st-and-goal at the UA 1 yard-line without any points (missed FG). UA also did a good job keeping Aztec star Larry Ned's yardage (29 carries, 85 yards) mostly in between the 30s. In his first start since 1998 (redshirted last year), Thomas had five hits including three for losses against SDSU, while DE Idris Haroon (5), DE Johnny Jackson (4), Tafoya (3), DT Ben Alualu (1), DT Young Thompson (1) and DT Keoni Fraser (1) each had tackles. Four of those guys start, but eight of them (including DE Alex Luna) play. Luna had an interception at Stanford, his career first. UA has 19 sacks. Against Utah, the team had six for minus-63 yards, including two caused fumbles that UA turned into points. The team had five sacks at USC.
Plowing the Way
True freshman tailback Clarence Farmer has back-to-back 100-yard games and is averaging 115 per game as the nominal No. 1 guy in the past three games. He had 134 yards on 22 carries and an 80-yard TD run at Tailback U. He did a similar job on The Farm. His 116 yards at Stanford (18 carries) gave him his first three-digit day. He's carving some new territory for true freshman backs at UA - Hubert Oliver in 1977 was the only UA running back to have two 100-yard rushing games in a season, though QB Ronald Veal pulled it off in 1987. He is the first true-freshman running back to run for 100 yards since Vance Johnson rushed 24 times for 183 yards against Fresno State in 1981. Against San Diego State, he averaged 7.3 yards per pop for 95 yards on 13 carries The Cats have a good, youthful situation in the backfield with Farmer joining sophomores Larry Croom and Leo Mills. True freshman Anthony Fulcher saw his first action at Stanford, playing on kickoff units and rushing twice. The four backs give Arizona's tailback position 716 yards on 147 carries - 4.9 yards per tote.
Secondary Steps Up
Trial by fire has helped UA develop what appears to be a quality young secondary. The group has six of UA's nine interceptions this year. Redshirt freshmen cornerbacks Michael Jolivette and David Hinton, and redshirt soph safety Brandon Nash have acquitted themselves well in coverage and run support, joining the elder in the secondary, sophomore free safety Jarvie Worcester. (Worcester had seven starts in 1999.) Junior college transfer Jermaine Chatman is pushing his way into the first unit, sharing some time with Hinton. Jolivette (4), Hinton and Nash have interceptions and each on effort rather than simply being in the right place at the right time. UA has good depth, too, with safeties Zaharius Johnson and Clay Hardt and corner David Laudermilk also seeing playing time. LB Lance Briggs (2) and OLB Alex Luna have the other picks for the Cats. The team had a total of five interceptions in 1999. In all, the team has broken up 43 passes (9 interceptions, 34 PBU.) Jolivette was named Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week after his two interceptions at USC.
Arizona is among national leaders (3rd) in turnover ratio with a 2.0 per game margin. UA is second with 20 total turnovers gained, second in the country with 11 fumble recoveries, and 12th with nine interceptions. Physical ball-jarring play was a heavy off-season emphasis. The turnover business, at +10, is a welcome feature of 2000 Wildcat football. When the ball's on the ground, UA appears to be the team most ready to get it, too. UA has recovered 11 of opponents' 13 fumbles. If it's in the air, the Arizona secondary has shown it breaks on the ball well and enjoys punishing the receiver.
Senior inside linebacker Antonio Pierce is second on the team with 34 hits and has five tackles for loss, two knocked down passes, a blocked kick, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. At USC he led the way with nine tackles, a pass breakup and the blocked PAT kick. His physical play set the tone for the Troy rushing game on the first series - two tackles on USC runs gaining two yards. He notched the first sack at Stanford to set the tone for UA's defensive effort. He and Lance Briggs give UA a pair of inside players with hunger for the hit. Shelton Ross is the third 'backer in the Cats rotation and has 10 tackles. The fourth inside linebacker, walk-on Trevor Wilde, had his first career sack at USC. They all like to hit.
What a Pal
Punter Chris Palic had a career-high 11 punts against Ohio State and a then-high 10 punts at Utah. He had five against San Diego State, seven at Stanford and eight at USC. It's a busy job as UA works through some injury adversity in the offensive line. Palic has done an outstanding and unselfish job of keeping UA's defense in decent starting field position. In the last three games, opponents total punt return yardage is 28 yards on seven returns. At Palo Alto he helped UA start with average field position at its 37 yard-line while Stanford started at its 23. He put three punts inside the 20 in each of the first two games, one vs. SDSU, two at Stanford and two at USC - 26 percent of his punts put opponents inside the 20. He has 41 punts and only one touchback. The Buckeyes had one long return (47 yards) to hurt the season net figure (36.3), but Palic's improvement has been marked. He's kicked five rugby-style punts this year including left-footers against the Buckeyes and Aztecs. Two of his kicks have been mishandled and Arizona recovered one of those and turned it into seven points shortly afterward. Palic is a member of the 2000 American Football Coaches Good Works Team for outstanding athletic, scholarship and community service.
3 x 3
Arizona has allowed three opponents only three points each, the reason the Cats are No. 6 nationally in scoring defense 10.2). The Cats have allowed two rushing touchdowns (by Ohio State, USC), three reception scores (2 OSU, 1 USC) and five field goals. Goal-line defense has been a big help. Opponents have had eight 1st-and-goal opportunities and only 32 of a potential 56 points. You can say all kinds of things about college football, but the single best statistic is points. You need them to win. Opponents aren't getting a bundle against Arizona in 2000. Through five games in 1999, the Wildcats had given up 165 points. Through five games this year Arizona has given up 51 points.
UA has 19 quarterback sacks and added five names to the list of sackers with a combined hit at USC by backup tackle Tony Thompson and backup end Johnny Jackson, and solo sacks by backup end Alex Luna, starting tackle Anthony Thomas and backup inside linebacker Trevor WIlde. The play for Thompson came on his first as a Wildcat. UA had eight total tackles for loss against USC. Against Utah, the Cats notched six sacks for minus-63 yards, including two caused fumbles that UA turned into points. Another stopped a fourth-down try with the game still in doubt with 10 minutes remaining. In all vs. the Utes, UA recorded 15 tackles for losses of 74 yards. Against Ohio State the Cats recorded five more TFL. Against SDSU it was 13 more tackles for loss. Joining team leaders Joe Tafoya and Idris Haroon (3) with sacks are Joe Siofele (2) and Luna, Thomas, T.Thompson/Jackson, Wilde, Adrian Koch, Austin Uku, Brandon Nash, Young Thompson, Keoni Fraser and Zaharius Johnson.
Defense DE DT DT DE OLB ILB ILB CB SS FS CB Punt
at Utah Tafoya Fraser Thompson Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic
Ohio St. Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic
SDSU Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic
At Stan Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic
At USC Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic
Offensive/Defensive Game-by-Game Team Totals
Game Rushing Passing Total Opp Rush Opp Pass Opp Total TO's/Opp TO's
Att-Yds-TD PC-PA-Yd-Int-TD Plays-Yd-TD-FG Att-Yds-TD PC-PA-Yd-Int-TD Plays-Yd-TD-FG
At Utah 39-135-1 3-15-11-0-0 54-146-1*-1 39-60-0 21-51-310-2-0 90-370-0-1 0/5
Ohio State 39-57-1 11-23-137-0-1 62-194-2-0 40-101-1 12-20-240-1-2 60-341-3-1 1/3
San Diego St. 36-185-0 19-31-200-1-1 67-385-2**-1 37-72-0 15-29-1-0 66-196-0-1 4/1
At Stanford 46-192-1 12-23-198-1-1 69-390-3*-2 30-68-0 14-32-2-0 68-245-0-1 3/6
At USC 44-117-3 7-13-136-1-1 57-253-4-1 27-10-1 26-50-321-3-1 77-331-2-0 2/5
(*-plus one fum ret TD; **-plus one blocked punt return TD)
Arizona Game-by-Game Starters
Offense WR LT LG C RG RT TE QB TB RB/TE/WR WR/H-Back PK
at Utah Leonard Makoa Freitas Higg. Wiggins Barry McFadden Manumaleuna Jenkins Croom Hugo-TE Wnek-H Keel
Ohio St. Marshall Makoa Freitas Grace Wiggins Barry McFadden Manumaleuna Jenkins Croom Thurman-W Wade-W Keel
SDSU Leonard Makoa Freitas Higg. Wiggins Barry Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Croom Marshall-W Wnek-H Keel
At Stan Leonard Safranek McF. Sampay Barry Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Croom Farmer-RB Wnek-H Keel
At USC Leonard Safranek McF. Sampay Barry Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Farmer Brennan-W Wade-W Keel
Defense DE DT DT DE OLB ILB ILB CB SS FS CB Punt at Utah Tafoya Fraser Thompson Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic Ohio St. Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic SDSU Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic At Stan Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic At USC Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic
Offensive/Defensive Game-by-Game Team Totals Game Rushing Passing Total Opp Rush Opp Pass Opp Total TO's/Opp TO's Att-Yds-TD PC-PA-Yd-Int-TD Plays-Yd-TD-FG Att-Yds-TD PC-PA-Yd-Int-TD Plays-Yd-TD-FG At Utah 39-135-1 3-15-11-0-0 54-146-1*-1 39-60-0 21-51-310-2-0 90-370-0-1 0/5 Ohio State 39-57-1 11-23-137-0-1 62-194-2-0 40-101-1 12-20-240-1-2 60-341-3-1 1/3 San Diego St. 36-185-0 19-31-200-1-1 67-385-2**-1 37-72-0 15-29-1-0 66-196-0-1 4/1 At Stanford 46-192-1 12-23-198-1-1 69-390-3*-2 30-68-0 14-32-2-0 68-245-0-1 3/6 At USC 44-117-3 7-13-136-1-1 57-253-4-1 27-10-1 26-50-321-3-1 77-331-2-0 2/5 (*-plus one fum ret TD; **-plus one blocked punt return TD)
Red Zone Offense and Defense: Arizona is doing a decent job in red zone offense and defense. At USC the Cats scored two touchdowns and a field goal in three penetrations. USC had two TD and a field goal in five trips. A 1-for-5 night vs. San Diego State on Sept. 16 skewed UA's red-zone offensive numbers. Arizona had two turnovers and a missed FG inside the 20 yard-line against the Aztecs. At Stanford UA was 3-for-4 and held Stanford to one foray and a field goal. UA scored a touchdown on its lone RZ penetration against Ohio State. Ohio State had two touchdowns and two FGs on its four trips. UA scored a TD in two red zone trips at Utah, and the unsuccessful foray was a fourth-down rush in a clock-eat mode at 1:43 remaining. On the other side, UA was superb and turned back Utah four times in its visits to the Cats' 16, 11, 2 and 19 yard-lines. UA has had two 1st-and-goal defensive stops for zero points by opponents. Arizona in the Red Zone: 14 trips, 6 TD, 3 FG= 64% scoring, 43% TD 1st-and-Goal: 6 (5 TD, 1 FG) Opponents in the Zone: 16 trips, 4 TD, 1 FG= 31% scoring, 25% TD 1st-and-Goal: 8 (3 TD, 3 FG)
Arizona has been enjoying plenty of sudden-change opportunities. The Cats are No. 2 in the country with 20 turnovers gained and tied for third nationally in turnover margin (2.0). Five takeaways at USC helped the production, and UA had scores after two of them. Arizona capitalized at Stanford for 20 turnover points. One botched game was three lost fumbles and an interception against SDSU. Still, Arizona is handling sudden change better than opponents, with 60 points to 12 after miscues. The Cats are +10 in turnovers. Against Stanford UA returned a fumble for a score. Against San Diego State a blocked punt return (not officially counted as a turnover) helped the Cats score 7 quick points. Against Ohio State, UA turned a fumbled punt into a quick touchdown. At Utah, the Cats recovered third-quarter fumbles after jarring sacks by Joe Tafoya and Idris Haroon, with whip linebacker Adrian Koch putting points up on a scoop-and-score effort following the first, and the Cats' Sean Keel kicking a 44-yard field goal after the second. UA scored a safety against the Buckeyes on a bad pitch from QB Steve Bellisari.
Turnovers: Arizona 10, Opponents 20
Miscue points: Arizona 60, Opponents 12 (Includes turnover-, blocked/botched kicks-possessions, safeties)
Arizona Football Notes
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Dick Tomey on Pac-10 Teleconferences:
Media can obtain the phone number by calling the Pac-10 Office, 925-932-4411, or the UA media relations office. The twice monthly teleconferences feature each Pac-10 coach in succession and begin at 9:30 a.m. (10 minutes each in this order: Price-WSU, Erickson-OSU, Willingham-SU, Holmoe-Cal, Neuheisel-UW, Snyder-ASU, Bellotti-UO, Hackett-USC, Toledo-UCLA, Tomey-UA.)
Tomey's sessions: Tuesday, Oct. 10 11:05 a.m. MST/PDT Tuesday, Oct. 24 11:05 a.m. MST/PDT Tuesday, Nov. 7 12:05 a.m. MST/11:05 PST
The Last Time Arizona... Returned a punt for a TD: Dennis Northcutt vs. Arizona State (81 yards), 1999 Returned a blocked punt for a TD: Andrae Thurman vs. S.Diego State 2000 (34 yards), Brandon Nash block Returned a kickoff for TD: Chris McAlister (100 yards) at Hawaii, 1998 Returned an interception for a TD: Greg Payne (24 yards) vs. UTEP, 1999 Scored a safety: Team vs. Ohio State, 2000 (bad pitch by Steve Bellisari) Did not score: at Washington, 1991 (UW 54-0) Did not score a touchdown: at Oregon, 1994, (UO 10-9) A back ran for 200 yards (last 2): Trung Canidate (33-221) at OSU 1999; Canidate (27-202) vs. UTEP 1999 A back ran for 100 yards (last 2): Clarence Farmer (18-116) at Stanford 2000; Trung Canidate (18-158) vs. ASU 1999 Blocked a punt (last 2): Brandon Nash vs. SDSU, 2000; Brandon Nash vs. Nebraska 1998 Blocked a field goal (last 3): Peter Hansen at Utah 2000; Hansen at OSU 1999; Hansen at UCLA 1999 Blocked a PAT kick (last 3): P eter Hansen vs. Washington 1999; J.J. Joppru vs. MTSU 1999; Hansen at Washington 1998 Scored a 2-pt. conversion (last 2): Ortege Jenkins' run vs. OSU, 2000; Ortege Jenkins to B. Manumaleuna vs. UW 1999 Missed a PAT kick: Sean Keel at ASU 1999 Recovered a fumble for a TD (last 2): DE Idris Haroon (32 yards) at Stanford 2000; LB Adrian Koch (10 yds) at Utah 2000 Beat a ranked team (last 3): 31-24 USC (No. 22), 1999; 23-20 Nebraska (No. 14), 1998; 38-3 Oregon (No. 12), 1998 Lost to a ranked team (last 2): 17-27 vs. Ohio State (No. 18), 2000; 7-41 at Penn State (No. 3), '99 Beat an unranked team: 27-3 at Stanford 2000 Lost to an unranked team: 27-42 at Arizona State, 1999 Won as a ranked team: 34-19 vs. Middle Tennessee State (Arizona No. 19), 1999 Won as an unranked team: 27-3 at Stanford 2000 Lost as a ranked team: 22-50 vs. Stanford 1999 (Arizona No. 19) Lost as an unranked team: 17-27 vs. Ohio State, 2000 Played in tie-breaker game: 41-38 vs. California, 1998
The last time an Opponent... Returned a punt for a TD: Eric Guliford (68 yards), at Ariz State '91 Recovered a blocked punt for a TD: Frank Primus, Stanford '97 Returned a kickoff for TD (last 2): JaWarren Hooker (89), Washington '97; Saladin McCullough (93), Oregon '97 Returned an interception for a TD: Anthony Vontoure (29 yards), Washington 1999 Scored a safety: vs. Oregon (Ortege Jenkins lateral into endzone), 1999; at TCU, twice, 1999 Did not score: Illinois, '96 (UA 41-0) Did not score a touchdown (last 3): at Stanford, 2000 (27-3); San Diego State, 2000 (UA 17-3); at Utah, 2000 (UA 17-3) A back ran for 100 yards (last 2): J.R. Redmond (23-112) at ASU, 1999; Ken Simonton (21-149) at Oregon State, 1999 A back ran for 200 yards (last 2): Reuben Droughns (45-202) vs. Oregon, 1999; Saladin McCullough (25-223) at Oregon, 1996 Blocked a punt (last 2): Eric Sturdifen, Penn State '99; Pat Tillman, ASU '97 Blocked a field goal: Terrance Carrole, Oregon State '97 Blocked a PAT kick: Duane Clemons, Andy Jacobs, Regan Upshaw (all 3, California), 1995 Scored a 2-pt. conversion: QB A.J. Feeley rush vs. Oregon, 1999, RB Droughns rush vs. Oregon 1999 Recovered a fumble for a TD: Antuan Simmons (44 yards), Southern California, 1999Arizona in the National Statistical Rankings: Rushing Defense (62.20) 2nd NCAA 1st Pac-10 Fumble Recoveries (11) 2nd-tie NCAA 1st Pac-10 Turnovers Gained (20) 2nd-tie NCAA 1rd-tie Pac-10 Turnover Margin (2.0) 3rd-tie NCAA 1st-tie Pac-10 Scoring Defense (10.20) 6th NCAA 1st Pac-10 Punt Returns (14.50) 12th NCAA 1st Pac-10 Total Defense (296.60) 22nd NCAA 3rd Pac-10 Pass Efficiency Defense (98.04) 18th NCAA 3rd Pac-10 Interceptions (9) 12th NCAA 2nd Pac-10 Michael Jolivette -INT (.80) 4th-tie NCAA 1st Pac-10
NOTES - Place kicker Sean Keel is 42nd nationally with 1.0 field goals per game. His percentage of .833 (5-for-6) puts him in the top 15 in that category Punt returner Anthony Banks, who's lost his job twice because of drops, is still 26th nationally at 13.50, while Bobby Wade is 44th with a 10.43 average
UA Quarterback Ortege Jenkins - Career Game-by-Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int TC Yds TD Notes
Jenkins - 1997 UAB No. 3 QB 0 1 0 0 0 2 11 0 mop-up duty, 2 positions at UCLA No. 2 QB 9 15 96 1 0 5 -6 0 in relief SDSU W, 31-28 17 32 285 3 0 11 28 0 first start; 56-yard TD Stanford W, 28-22 18 34 167 4 1 11 23 0 4-for-4 TD in red zone Washington L, 28-58 22 46 348 1 1 8 -39 0 directed 445 yards total offense Wash State L, 34-35 OT 20 42 246 4 0 12 8 1 Responsible for 5 TDs Oregon State W, 27-7 18 33 238 3 0 2 2 1 to No. 4 UA season TD throws California W, 41-38 2OT 4 11 95 0 1 3 -7 0 started, 2 scoring drives ASU W, 28-16 7 19 194 3 2 11 33 0 37-, 40-, 29-yd TD throws New Mexico (1 series) 0 4 0 0 1 3 -14 0 Senior Brady Batten started and went most of the way
Jenkins -- 1998 at Hawaii W, 27-6 3 11 19 0 0 2 -1 0 Thwarted drives in his 6 series at Stanford trailing 8 14 158 1 0 7 25 0 2 scoring drives; 6 series vs. Iowa increased lead 4 10 118 0 0 5 17 0 2 score drives, 7 series, 76-yd pass at SDSU 5 series 6 9 75 1 1 4 13 0 40-yd pass off scramble at Wash 8 winning drive 10 19 111 1 0 5 13 1 flip-flop TD to win game at 0:04 UCLA L, 52-28 14 30 260 1 1 8 26 0 11 series; 3rd-most yds in career at Oregon State W, 28-7 4 6 22 0 0 2 -12 0 4 series, opened lead at 7-0 vs. NLU 4+ series 7 12 62 1 0 2 16 0 2 scoring drives, 14-yard run vs. Oregon 6 series 1 4 8 0 0 4 -7 0 1 scoring drive vs. WSU 3+ series 5 7 68 0 0 2 2 0 11-play, 89-yard scoring drive at Cal 5 series 5 9 50 0 1 5 0 0 >2-minute= drive for long FG at half ASU 8 series 3 11 60 0 1 10 64 1 led team on drives for 24 pts Nebraska 4 series 1 4 15 0 0 5 -18 0 2 plays on winning drive
Jenkins -- 1999 at Penn State 8 series 8 14 104 1 0 11 16 0 led team on lone scoring drive at TCU 9, come-back 5 9 163 2 1 15 -20 0 21-point flurry 3rd Q; 2-pt PAT run, WR on winning drive vs. MTSU W, 34-19 16 23 118 1 0 4 21 1 zero-turnover direction; 8-yard TD run; 10 series vs. Stanford L, 22-50 15 23 200 3 0 10 -63 0 sixth 3-plus TD game in his career; 11 series at WSU W, 30-24 6 8 61 0 0 3 -6 0 1st scoring drive; 3 series vs. USC 1 series 0 1 0 0 0 2 -7 0 1 reception, +/- 10 plays at WR vs. UTEP 10, come-back 10 17 113 1 1 11 83 1 brought UA back from 14 pts down; 52-yd run vs. Oregon L, 41-44 3 7 45 0 0 5 47 1 7 series, career-long 65-yrd TD run at UCLA 4 series 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 much of game at WR, 2 catches, 25 yds vs. Washington 5 series 12 18 198 1 1 5 3 1 2 score drives, 2-pt PAT pass at Oregon St 6 series 4 9 80 0 1 5 9 0 2 FG drives at ASU 2 series at WR
Jenkins - 2000 At Utah W, 17-3 3 15 11 0 0 9 8 0 not a highlight film but directs to victory; no turnovers vs. Ohio State L, 17-27 11 23 137 1 1 19 4 1 career-long 60-yard TD throw to Bobby Wade; 9-15 2nd half vs. S. Diego St W, 17-3 19 29 200 1 1 8 5 0 30-46 (65%) last throws; 2-minute drive at half for lead at Stanford W, 27-3 12 22 198 1 1 6 2 0 Not sacked; 50-yard TD bomb dropped by receiver at USC W, 31-15 6 12 110 1 1 8 -41 2 career-best 75-yarder to Wade; nifty bootleg running scores
As Starter 13-6
Arizona 2000 Football Depth Chart at Southern California, Oct. 7 OFFENSE WR 1 Bobby Wade, 5-11, 187, So-1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista) 6 Brandon Marshall, 5-11, 194, Jr*-JC/RS, Oceanside, Calif. (Oceanside/Palomar CC) 9 Gary Love, 5-9, 179, Fr*-RS, Los Angeles, Calif. (Jefferson) LT 77 Makoa Freitas, 6-4, 304, Jr.-2L, Honolulu, Hawaii (Kamehameha) 78 Darren Safranek, 6-7, 270, So*-1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Catalina Foothills) LG 60 Aaron Higginbotham,, 6-5, 270, So*-1L, Calimesa, Calif. (Yucaipa) or 71 Marques McFadden, 6-5, 301, Sr*-21L, Meridian, Idaho (Capital) 64 David Floyd, 6-3, 250, Sr*-SQ, Peoria, Ariz. (Centennial) C 70 Bruce Wiggins, 6-3, 282 , Sr*-3L, Houston, Texas (Robert E. Lee) 75 Reggie Sampay, 6-3, 280, Fr-HS, Houston, Texas (North Shore) RG 72 Kevin Barry, 6-5, 330, Jr.*-JC/RS, Racine, Wis. (Park/Hutchinson CC) 75 Reggie Sampay, 6-3, 280, Fr-HS, Houston, Texas (North Shore) RT 71 Marques McFadden, 6-5, 301, Sr*-21L, Meridian, Idaho (Capital) or 76 Makai Freitas, 6-7, 297, Sr-3L, Honolulu, Hawai=i (Clintondale, Mich. HS) TE 90 Brandon Manumaleuna, 6-3, 292, Sr-3L, Torrance, Calif. (Narbonne) 89 James Hugo, 6-6, 271, So*-1L, The Woodlands, Texas (Oak Ridge) 14 Peter Hansen, 6-8, 238, Jr*-2L, Palo Alto, Calif. (Palo Alto) QB 16 Ortege Jenkins, 6-1, 213, Sr*-3L, Long Beach, Calif. (Jordan) 10 Jason Johnson, 6-2, 200, So*-1L, Puyallup, Wash. (Puyallup) 15 Cliff Watkins, 6-4, 212, Fr*-RS, Breckenridge, Texas (Breckenridge) 17 Kyle Slager, 6-1, 194, Fr*-RS, Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington) WR 13 Brad Brennan, 5-11, 177, Sr*-3L/RS, Redwood, Calif. (St. Francis HS/Worcester, Mass. Academy) 25 Malosi Leonard, 6-2, 212, Jr*-2L, Palmdale, Calif. (Palmdale) 3 Andrae Thurman, 6-0, 179, Fr*-RS, Avondale, Ariz. (Westview) 18 Lance Relford, 6-0, 194, Fr*-RS, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) RB 5 Larry Croom, 5-10, 209, So-1L, Long Beach, Calif. (Polytechnic) or 20 Leo Mills, 6-0, 212, So*-1L, Humble, Texas, (Humble) or 32 Clarence Farmer, 6-0, 224, Fr-HS, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington FB/HB 91 Eli Wnek, 6-3, 246, Jr*-2L, Glendale, Ariz. (Ironwood HS) 40 Mike Detiwler, 6-2, 231, Jr-JC, Truckee, Calif. (Truckee/Pasadena CC) DEFENSE DE 99 Joe Tafoya, 6-4, 255, Sr*-3L, Pittsburg, Calif. (Pittsburg) 9 Johnny Jackson, 6-3, 265, Jr*-JC, San Diego, Calif. (St. Augustine, Sacramento CC) DT 56 Keoni Fraser, 6-1, 282, Jr-2L, Kailua, Hawaii (Kailua) 93 Young Thompson, 6-2, 298, So*-1L, Aloa, American Samoa (Samoana) DT 58 Anthony Thomas, 6-2, 290, Jr.*-2L/RS, Pasadena, Calif. (Pasadena) 95 Ben Alualu, 6-1, 275, So*-1L/RS, Honolulu, Hawai=i (St. Louis) DE 87 Idris Haroon, 6-2, 248, Sr*-3L, Houston, Texas (Hastings) 54 Alex Luna, 6-0, 230, Jr*-2L, San Fernando, Calif. (San Fernando HS) WLB 52 Adrian Koch, 5-9, 216, Sr-3L, Tucson, Ariz. (Desert View) 42 Joe Siofele, 6-1, 240, Fr*-RS, Waipahu, Hawai=i (St. Louis) ILB 27 Lance Briggs, 6-1, 230, So-1L, Sacramento, Calif. (Elk Grove) 96 Trevor Wilde, 5-10, 200, Sr*-1L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Horizon/Mesa CC) ILB 45 Antonio Pierce, 6-1, 233, Sr*-1L, Ontario, Calif. (Serra/Mt. San Antonio CC) 38 Shelton Ross, 6-0, 222, Jr*-1L, Kansas City, Mo., (Hutchinson CC) BCB 2 David Hinton, 5-11, 170, Fr*-RS, San Diego, Calif. (Lincoln Prep) 23 Jermaine Chatman, 5-11, 177, Jr-JC, Compton, Calif. (Hawthorne/Pasadena CC) 11 David Laudermilk, 6-2, 172, So*-1L, Moreno Valley, Calif. (Valley View) SS 19 Brandon Nash, 6-1, 215, Jr*-2L/RS, Los Angeles, Calif. (Beverly Hills) 24 Zaharius Johnson, 6-0, 194, Jr-1L, Bradenton, Fla. (New Mexico Military Institute) FS 47 Jarvie Worcester, 6-0, 195, So*-1L, La Jolla, Calif. (La Jolla) 33 Clay Hardt, 6-1, 192, Fr*-RS, Marana, Ariz. (Marana) FCB 8 Michael Jolivette, 5-9, 175, Fr*-RS, Houston, Texas (North Shore 17 Anthony Banks, 6-0, 165, Jr.-1L, Los Angeles, Calif. (San Pedro/West Los Angeles CC) SPECIALTY PK 3 Sean Keel, 6-0, 200, So*-1L, Littleton, Colo. (Mullen) 24 Bobby Gill, 5-11, 195, Fr*-RS, Phoenix, Ariz. (Brophy Prep) KO 28 Chris Gray, 6-1, 193, So.-1L, Irvine, Calif. (University) 19 Ramey Peru, 6-1, 178, Fr*-RS, Chandler, Ariz. (Dobson) Punter 4 Chris Palic, 6-3, 206, Jr*-2L, Los Angeles, Calif. (St. Francis) Snapper 84 Nate Campbell, 6-1, 223, Sr-3L, Tucson, Ariz. (Canyon del Oro HS) Holder 4 Chris Palic, 6-3, 206, Jr*-2L, Los Angeles, Calif. (St. Francis) Returns 1 Bobby Wade (PR), 9 Gary Love (KOR), 5 Larry Croom (KOR), 3 Andrea Thurman (KOR), 17 Anthony Banks (PR)